Research

Comrades Against Imperialism: Nehru, India and Interwar Internationalism 

Cambridge University Press, Global and International History Series, (March 2018).

Information about the book:  www.cambridge.org/9781108419307

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The Congress against Colonial Oppression and Imperialism and for National Independence, Brussels (1927). Source: Das Flammenzeichen vom Palais Egmont: offizielles Protokoll des Kongresses gegen koloniale Unterdrückung und Imperialismus, Brüssel, 10-15 Februar 1927. Berlin: Neuer Deutscher Verlag, 1927.

In this book Michele L. Louro compiles the debates, introduces the personalities, and reveals the ideas that seeded Jawaharlal Nehru’s political vision for India and the wider world. Set between the world wars, this book argues that Nehru’s politics reached beyond India in order to fulfill a greater vision of internationalism that was rooted in his experiences with anti-imperialist and anti-fascist mobilizations in the 1920s and 1930s. Using archival sources from India, the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, and Russia, the author offers a compelling study of Nehru’s internationalism as well as contributes a necessary interwar history of institutions and networks that were confronting imperialist, capitalist, and fascist hegemony in the twentieth-century world. Louro provides readers with a global intellectual history of anti-imperialism and Nehru’s appropriation of it, while also establishing a history of a typically overlooked period.

Other Publications:

“The Johnstone Affair and Anti-communism in Interwar India,” prepared for a special edition on anti-communism for the Journal of Contemporary History, forthcoming 2018.  http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/0022009416688257

Co-authored with Carolien M. Stolte, “Introduction: Meerut Conspiracy Case in Comparative and International Perspective,” Special Issue of Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, 33, no. 3 (2013), 310-315. https://cssaamejournal.org/article/the-meerut-conspiracy-case-in-comparative-and-international-perspective/

“‘Where National Revolutionary Ends and Communist Begins’: The League against Imperialism and the Meerut Conspiracy Case,” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, 33, no. 3 (2013), 331-344. https://cssaamejournal.org/article/where-national-revolutionary-ends-and-communist-begins-the-league-against-imperialism-and-the-meerut-conspiracy-case/

“A Special Blend of Nationalism and Internationalism: India and the League against Imperialism,” in Ali Raza, Franziska Roy and Benjamin Zachariah (ed.), The Internationalist Moment: South Asia, Worlds, and World Views, 1919-1939 (Sage, 2014). https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/the-internationalist-moment/book244248

“Rethinking Nehru’s Internationalism: The League against Imperialism and Anti-imperial Networks, 1927-1936,” Third Frame: Literature, Culture and Society, 2, no.3, September 2009, p.79-94.

Works in Progress:

Global Anti-Imperialism Between the World Wars 

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The General Council of the League against Imperialism,  1927. Source: Das Flammenzeichen vom Palais Egmont: offizielles Protokoll des Kongresses gegen koloniale Unterdrückung und Imperialismus, Brüssel, 10-15 Februar 1927. Berlin: Neuer Deutscher Verlag, 1927.

I am currently co-editing Global Anti-Imperialism Between the World Wars, which brings together in one volume the multiple and overlapping stories of activists, networks and ideas that seeded a global movement to challenge imperialist and capitalist hegemony in the early twentieth-century world. The volume takes as a starting point and case study the League against Imperialism, one of the most significant but little-studied movements of the interwar years. The LAI brought together, at congresses and through the circulation of propaganda, an impressively diverse constellation of activists who collectively envisioned solidarities across political and geographical borders for the common struggle against capitalist greed and imperialist power. The  volume brings together specialists of Latin American, African, Asian, Caribbean, European and North American history to tell the LAI’s story of transnational and global connections that sought to overturn imperialism in one of the most turbulent periods of twentieth-century history.

 

Traveling Hippies and Postcolonial South Asia

I am in the early stages of researching a new project, which examines the history of American, Australian, and European travelers who crossed Asia overland from 1957-1979. Famously dubbed the ‘hippie trail’ and made popular by musical luminaries like the Beatles, the overland routes produced postcolonial sites of encounter and engagement that fail to fit neatly within conventional narratives of the Cold War and decolonization in Asia. The book recounts the history of the hippie trail in South Asia.  It seeks to move beyond textual analysis of travel narratives and knowledge production, and instead it emphasizes the perspectives of South Asians in this story of travel and encounter. It also interrogates the cultural and social implications of this history, as well as the impact of such encounters on the land and environment of postcolonial South Asia. I’ll be posting more on this project soon.